Denon's DF-109 system arrives in the UK

11 Sep 2012

Denon D-F109DAB

First seen at the D+M Group European conference a few months back, the Denon D-F109 system is now available in the UK. It replaces the popular D-F107, and this time round comprises three units – a CD player, a network music player and a DAB/FM receiver – plus speakers.

Three packages are available: all three units and speakers for £900; the network player, receiver and speakers for £750; or CD player, receiver and speakers at £600.

Denon D-F109DAB

The addition to the old model's line-up is the DNP-F109 Network Audio Player, which has wired connectivity for a home network, can stream from NAS devices, online streaming services or internet radio, and also has AirPlay built-in, to stream from iOS devices or an iTunes music library.

It supports WMA, MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC up to 192kHz/24-bit, transcoded WMA lossless and ALAC Apple lossless, and also has a rear-panel USB for direct iPod/iPhone connectivity.

The latest CD player, the DCD-F109, uses selected components in its audio section, and in addition to CD playback offers MP3/WMA playback from a USB device inserted into its front-panel port.

Denon D-F109DAB

At the heart of the system is the DRA-F109DAB receiver, using a new digital power amp stage to deliver 2x65W, and fitted with two electrical digital inputs for the CD and network audio player - which also has analogue outputs – plus an extra optical digital input, for example to allow the connection of sound from a TV.

Integrated remote control allows the system to be controlled using the handset supplied or via the latest Denon Remote App when the DNP-F109 is used.

Completing the systems are the SC-F109 speakers, the result of an extensive European sound-tuning programme, and using a 12cm woofer and 25mm tweeter.

The systems will be avaiilable in a choice of black or silver.

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Comments

No idea I'm afraid, I'll have to find out from Denon on Monday.

Can it play FLAC from a USB stick? So far I've only found Marantz 603 to do that but I've been waiting for some competition before finally buying a new system.

The black version looks like my sister's Sony Hi-Fi from 1984. Probably sounds a bit better, though...

jerry klinger wrote:
Oh, I see, for the mains they need to be daisy-chained, so you need the receiver to start with. This should be made clearer.

The fact that the range is only going to be sold as one of three systems, each including the receiver, means you will always have the receiver when you buy one of the systems.

jerry klinger wrote:
OK, but doesn't that basically make it - a transport, not a player?

Technically yes, but it clearly says 'Compact Disc Player', and that's how Denon is describing it. Anyway, it's all moot, really, as these components are designed to be sold, and used, together. However, again apols for the confusion re the analogue outputs – trying to read a press release while doing too many other things at once! Surprised

Oh, I see, for the mains they need to be daisy-chained, so you need the receiver to start with. This should be made clearer.

OK, but doesn't that basically make it - a transport, not a player?

Be interesting to see if the CD is made available separately...

Good spot. Corrected.

"the CD and network audio player - both of which also have analogue outputs –"

If you look at the rear of the CD player, you'll be hard-pressed to see any....